Higher education institutions - Creating knowledge transfer for social innovation


The SIKE projects aims to establish a knowledge exchange between universities and multitudes of actors for social change.

Institutions of higher education are the think thanks of our society. Societal benefits of this knowledge are especially generated, if knowledge gets applied in other areas – this is one of the basic notions of the project "Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange" (SIKE). SIKE gets funded by the European Union and is coordinated by The Glasgow Caledonian University. The consortium consists of 11 partners, including 5 higher education institutions as well as 6 NGOs.

SIKE tries to present and implement ways, in which universities can deploy their knowledge to generate a social impact and to affect social change. For this, a knowledge exchange between multitudes of actors from different sectors is targeted. In its concrete implementation, the notion of ecosystems is crucial for the project. The currently five so-called SIKE-Units, which can be found in regions of the UK, Croatia, Germany, Portugal and Spain, can be seen as locally embedded ecosystems. Here, "knowledge exchange tools and processes to the needs of social innovators" will be developed and adapted. Also, the collaboration between the project partners can be seen as a transregional ecosystem. Social entrepreneurial skills are specifically addressed within SIKE and are supposed to be bolstered by a stronger cooperation between universities and their regional community.

Although the project still runs till the end of 2020 and major results are still pending, some useful material is already available. For example, one report showcases how it is possible to create your own SIKE Unit (see also https://sike-eu.org/sike-activity/sike-units/how-to-open-a-sike-unit/). Further available information includes an analysis of social innovation needs in the five project regions and an overview of tools for knowledge exchange. Also, the work in the SIKE regions is documented in short portrayals, a collection of best practices, visit reports and updates. For general information on the project, have a view on this general description.

Stakeholder in charge: TU Dortmund

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